12-Step Recovery Program

Please Lord!

The Mission Gate Christian 12-step is a Christian support group for chemically and emotionally dependent persons. It is comprised of alcoholics, drug addicts and other people with compulsive disorders. We believe that these disfunctions are a disease and apart from Jesus Christ, the addict is an individual who cannot, as a matter of will power alone, control his/her own dependency. Only the the Gospel According to Jesus can heal!

Mission Gate 12-Step also has available a Christian group which addresses the needs and problems of the family members who love and live with the addict. This group meets separately, but during the same time slot as the regular group.

Should You Attend?

Believers still addicted to alcohol, drugs, or gambling, although committed Christians, may still be suffering in silence out of fear, shame, guilt and lack of ability to trust: all of which are characteristic responses to this family disease.

Non-Believers still addicted to alcohol, drugs, or gambling who feel compelled to search out the true “Higher Power”, Jesus Christ, to come to know Him, and then to trust Him for healing power.

Ex-Offenders are most welcomed to make the 12 steps the first step to regeneration, rehabilitation, and reintegration while living in one of our Guest Homes or Cabins and participating in our one year Aftercare Discipleship Program.

Why a Mission Gate Program?

Those familiar with Alcoholics Anonymous may well ask the question above. For believers in Christ, the answer is simple: we have identified Jesus as our “Higher Power” and we would welcome the opportunity to meet in His name to deal with the problems that surround our disease, speaking freely of our relationship with Him, sharing our struggles with faith issues, and using intercessory prayer for our healing. Christians are NOT immune to addictive or compulsive disorders, and hiding our proglems from our church adds to our shame burden and hinders our healing.

For those unfamiliar with the AA approach to recovery, there would be the chance to learn the reality that there is a “spiritual” element in addiction that must be addressed through the true GOD. And here in a Christian environment, forgiveness and release from shame can be found so that we may approach our Jesus with freedom and boldness.

In the Mission Gate 12-Step Program the approach to recovery is combined with support from God’s Word (our Big Book), confidential sharing among group members, and loving prayers.

Mission Gate Creed

I realize that I cannot overcome the habit by myself. I believe the power of Jesus Christ is available to help me. I believe that through my acceptance of Him as my Savior, I am a new person.

Because the presence of God is manifested through continued prayer, I will set aside two periods every day, morning and evening, for communication with my Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. I realize my need for daily Bible study and will use it as my guide for daily living.

I recognize my need of Christian fellowship and will, therefore, have fellowship with Christians through an evangelical, conservative and fundamental church of His choice. I know that in order to be victorious. I must keep active in the service of Christ and His church and I will help others to victory in Him.

I do not partake of any chemical or compulsive behavior that is not pleasing to Jesus Christ. I know that the first sin does the most harm. Therefore, I do not drink, drug, gamble or engage in promiscuous activity that shames my Lord.

I know that the strength of God’s Holy Word is sufficient to supply all my needs as provided by God the Holy Spirit.

Christian 12 Steps

1. We admitted we were powerless over alcohol, drugs, sex, or gambling and that our lives had become unmanageable. Romans 7:18 “I know that nothing good lives in me, that is, in my sinful nature. For I have the desire to do what is good, but I cannot carry it out.”

2. Come to believe that a power greater than ourselves could restore us to sanity. II Corinthians 12:9 “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.”

3. Made a decision to turn our will and our lives over to the care of God as we understood Him. Luke 9:23 “If anyone would come after me, he must deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me.”

4. Made a searching and fearless moral inventory of ourselves. Lamentations 3:40 “Let us examine our ways and test them, and let us return to the Lord.”

5. Admitted to God, to ourselves and to another human being the exact nature of our wrongs. James 5:16 “Therefore, confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed.”

6. Were entirely ready to have God remove all these defects of character. Isaiah 1:19 “If you are willing and obedient, you will eat the best from the land.”

7. Humbly asked Him to remove our shortcomings. James 4:10 “Humble yourselves before the Lord, and He will lift you up.”

8. Made a list of all persons we had harmed and became willing to make amends to them all. Matthew 5:23-24 “Therefore, if you are offering your gift at the altar and there remember that your brother has something against you, leave your gift there in front of the altar. First go and be reconciled to your brother; then come offer your gift.”

9. Made direct amends to such people wherever possible, except when to do so would injure them or others. Luke 6:38 “Give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap. For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.”

10. Continued to take personal inventory and when we were wrong, promptly admitted it. Romans 12:3 “For by the grace given me I say to every one of you: Do not think of yourself more highly than you ought, but rather think of yourself with sober judment, in accordance with the measure of faith God has given you.”

11. Sought through prayer and meditation to improve our conscious contact with God as we understood Him, praying only for knowledge of His will, and the power to carry that out. Psalm 19:14 “May the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be pleasing in your sight, O Lord, my Rock and my Redeemer.”

12. Having had a spiritual awakening as a result of these steps, we tried to carry this message to others and practice these principles in all our affairs. Galatians 6:1-2 “Brothers, if someone is caught in a sin, you who are spiritual retore him gently. But watch yourself, or you also may be tempted. Carry each other’s burdens, and in this way you will fultill the law of Christ.”

The Lord’s One Step Plan… IT IS FINISHED!